Sean Flavin (Mammoth)
Sean Flavin ( Mammoth )
Far West Masters Racing

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Current Season News

  • Spring Officials Clinic

    We are always looking for new people who are interested in getting certified as an alpine official to help staff our races. Far West Masters volunteers serve as TD (Technical Delegate) and Referee at our races, which are two of the three positions (along with the organizer's Chief of Race) that form the jury for a US Ski & Snowboard race.

    Far West is holding a Referee/JA (Jury Advisor) training clinic with certification exam at Palisades Tahoe on Sunday April 24 2-7pm. Preregistration is required - sign up on the Far West division fwskiing.org web site; registration deadline is 6pm Thursday 4/21.

    Serving as an official helps us to be able to put on races and is an opportunity to get involved with the race organization at our host venues. Learning the alpine competition rules and the measures that go into putting on a quality competition is an enlightening experience to broaden your ski racing knowledge! For more information, contact our officials director Mark Mirviss at mmirviss@farwestmasters.org.

    [13-Apr-2022]

  • Mammoth season finals info

    Our final race event of the 2021-2022 season will be Thu-Fri-Sat Apr. 7-9 at Mammoth. There will be two SG races on Thursday, GS on Friday, and SL on Saturday.

    Please note the registration deadlines for this event. Early registration deadline is Fri 4/1 Sun 4/3 (extended!); $5/race late fee applies for entries received after 4/3. Registration on SkiRaceReg.com/fw closes at 8pm Mon 4/4. No late entries will be accepted after registration closes. All competitor US masters membership must be current no less than 24 hours prior to the start of any event.

    Mammoth is an Ikon pass resort. Racer price lift tickets must be purchased online in advance by Mon 4/4 (see event announcement for link).

    Breaking News: Mammoth will offer SG training on Wednesday morning 4/6. Time and place TBA; cost and registration instructions will be provided this weekend.

    [01-Apr-2022]

  • Northstar event info

    Our next races are a 3-day event at Northstar, featuring 2 SG races on Friday and GS races on Sat/Sun. Both SG races on Friday also count in the 2022 masters National Speed Series. Northstar has a fun race hill and will provide a good tuneup for those heading to the Masters National Championships at Sun Valley on Mar. 21-26.

    Registration deadlines for Northstar: early registration deadline is Sunday 3/6. $5/race late fee applies for entries received after 3/6. Registration on SkiRaceReg.com/fw closes at 8pm Tue 3/8. There will be no day-of-race entries and late entries after the close of online registration will only be accepted at the discretion of the Northstar organizers.

    Northstar is an Epic pass resort. Details on lift ticket purchase for racers who do not have Epic passes will be provided. Northstar event liability release is REQUIRED - details will be provided. We expect that all race day information will be posted electronically (competitors lists, program, start lists, DSQ and results).

    [03-Mar-2022]

  • Mt Rose McKinney Cup races

    Mt Rose put on a great day of racing for the McKinney Cup GS races on Saturday Feb. 26. The Silver Dollar race hill is long and challenging, one of the best GS hills in Far West, and the Rose crew went all out to provide four full-length race runs. It was a long day on the hill for both racers and crew, but the weather was great and everyone should have been plenty tired by the end!

    The McKinney Cup perpetual trophy is sponsored by Rees Palermo, in recognition of the accomplishments and racing heritage of Tamara McKinney and the McKinney family, who started their racing careers at Mt Rose. The trophy is awarded to the fastest man and woman in the overall results for the event. The 2022 McKinney cup winners were Linda Crowell (W09) and Ara Papazian (M06).

    Complete race results are posted on the web site on the Race Results page along with the updated Season Standings rankings for 2022. The complete history of the McKinney Cup is also published on farwestmasters.org: farwestmasters.org/docs/specialevents/mckinney-silver.html.

    [02-Mar-2022]

  • Mt Rose, Northstar event info

    The next events on our Far West Masters race calendar are a GSx2 doubleheader on Saturday Feb. 26 at Mt Rose for the McKinney Cup followed by 3 days at Northstar on Mar. 11-13 with speed series SGx2 races on Friday and GS races on the weekend. And there's still plenty of time to make plans to compete at the the 2022 masters National Championships at Sun Valley ID on Mar. 21-26

    The GS races at Mt Rose on Saturday Feb. 26 will be on Silver Dollar, one of the best GS race hills in the Far West Division. This will be a busy day, with 4 full GS runs. Services are currently limited at the Winters Creek base lodge, so be sure to bring drinks/snacks/lunch as desired.

    Registration deadlines for Mt Rose: early registration deadline is Sunday 2/20. $5/race late fee applies for entries received after 2/20. Registration on SkiRaceReg.com/fw closes at 8pm Wed 2/23. No late entries will be accepted after registration closes.

    Racer price lift tickets should be purchased online in advance and can be picked up at Winters Creek Lodge customer service. Mt Rose liability release is REQUIRED and must be completed online by 5pm Wed 2/23 (link below).

    Racing continues in March with a 3-day event at Northstar, featuring 2 SG races on Friday and GS races on Sat/Sun. Both SG races count in the 2022 masters National Speed Series. This is a fun race hill and a good tuneup for those heading to the Masters National Championships at Sun Valley on Mar. 21-26.

    [16-Feb-2022]

  • Palisades Tahoe Bernard Cup

    After a year break due to covid travel restrictions in 2021, the Bernard Cup trophy races returned to Palisades Tahoe (Olympic Valley) with a warm, sunny weekend of GS and SL races on the Julia's Gold race run. The always challenging Julia's run had firm conditions, rewarding sharp edges and a good line. The post-race gathering was held outside on the deck and allowed everyone a chance to relax and enjoy some tasty pizza while catching up with friends and fellow racers.

    The competition for the age-handicapped Bernard Cup was tight for both the men's and the women's trophies. When the final results were in on Sunday afternoon, the 2022 Bernard Cup winners were Annette Mirviss (W07) and Wenceslao Lada Munoz (M08).

    Complete race results are posted on the web site on the Race Results page along with the updated Season Standings rankings for 2022.

    [16-Feb-2022]

  • Feb races - Palisades Tahoe (OV), Mt Rose

    February racing opens with the FIS Masters Cup/Western Region Championships at Beaver Creek CO on Feb. 4-6, for those with the interest and ability to travel out of division. Far West racing in February features a GS/SL weekend at Palisades Tahoe (Olympic Valley) on Feb. 12-13 for the annual Bernard Cup trophy races and a GSx2 doubleheader on Saturday Feb. 26 at Mt for the Rose McKinney Cup.

    March racing for those planning ahead: 3 days at Northstar on Mar. 11-13 with speed series SGx2 races on Friday and GS races on the weekend, with the 2022 masters National Championships at Sun Valley ID on Mar. 21-26.

    COVID reminders: all competitors need to respect and follow the covid guidelines at our host resorts, which generally are to require masking in all indoor situations as well as on public transportation. We are guests and it is a privilege to be able to hold our competitions, so let's please be respectful and courteous!

    Covid guidelines continue to influence our race day procedures this season. Race information will be posted electronically (usually on live-timing.com) and we will not be able to organize formal parties or awards gatherings. But informal get-togethers on a smaller scale can be enjoyed by all of us!

    Palisades Tahoe (Olympic Valley) - Bernard Cup GS/SL
    The Bernard Cup races at Palisades Tahoe (Olympic Valley) will have GS on Saturday and SL on Sunday, with a combined trophy awarded to the top man and woman overall for the weekend using an age-handicap formula. Deadline for race entries on SkiRaceReg.com/fw is 8pm Wed 2/9; early registration deadline is Sunday 2/6 before $5/race late fees apply.

    IMPORTANT: all racers MUST complete the Palisades Tahoe event release form prior to the event!! See link below. Racer price lift tickets if you do not have an Ikon pass must be purchased online in advance - link will be emailed to all registered competitors. Ticket purchase deadline is Wed Feb. 9.

    Mt Rose - McKinney Cup GSx2
    The McKinney Cup races at Mt rose will have a GSx2 doubleheader on Saturday Feb. 26. Deadline for race entries on SkiRaceReg.com/fw is 8pm Wed 2/23; early registration deadline is Sunday 2/20 before $5/race late fees apply.

    IMPORTANT: all racers MUST complete the Mt Rose liability release form online by 5pm Wed 2/23!! See link below. Racer price lift tickets can be purchased online in advance using the link in the announcement; pick up at Winters Creek customer service.

    [04-Feb-2022]

  • Mammoth DH/SG races

    The Mammoth speed series event was successfully held with four days of top-quality DH and SG racing put on the Mammoth Race Department. All races were held on the Hairjump-Fascination track, starting at the base of Cornice Bowl down World Cup and through the transition road past Terries and ADG into the finish pitch on Fascination. The course sets were interesting and fun, allowing for the wide variety of ages and skills in the field of 60+ athletes to all race to their limit, and snow conditions on the track were fantastic.

    Thursday DH training opened the event with nearly perfect conditions for the two training runs - warm, sunny, light winds (!!), and a grippy consistent track. An incoming wind event brought increasing NE winds through the day for Friday's DH races, but both races were completed just before rising winds after mid-day brought upper mountain operations to a halt. Saturday's SG races still faced a fairly strong wind, but it was again consistent out of the north so conditions were equal for everyone. Sunday wrapped up with the final two SG races and decreasing winds, so it was a fun sunny day to complete the event.

    Complete race results are posted on the web site on the Race Results page along with the updated Season Standings rankings for 2022.

    The first DH on Friday and first SG on Saturday were also the opening races of the 2022 US Masters National Speed Series - complete results and NSS standings are posted on the NSS results page at usalpinemasters.org/2022/nss.

    [31-Jan-2022]

  • Mt Rose schedule change

    The Mt Rose McKinney Cup GS races originally scheduled for Sat-Sun Feb. 26-27 will now both be held on Saturday Feb. 26.

    [DATE_POSTED]

  • Mammoth DH/SG Speed Races Info

    Next up on the Far West Masters race calendar are the DH/SG speed races at Mammoth Mountain on Thu-Sun Jan. 20-23. This is a favorite event that many of us look forward to every season and conditions are shaping up to be outstanding! The snowpack is fantastic after the December storms and should settle in to an excellent race surface with the weather forecasts for the next two weeks calling for for a pattern shift to high pressure and clear weather.

    The DH races will be held on Thursday and Friday. DH training on Thursday is REQUIRED in order to compete in the two Friday DH races. Saturday and Sunday are two SG races each day. The first DH race on Friday and the first SG race on Saturday are the opening races in the 2022 US Masters National Speed Series.

    Please note the registration deadlines for this event. Early registration deadline is Fri 1/14; $5/race late fee applies for entries received after 1/14. Registration on SkiRaceReg.com/fw closes at 8pm Mon 1/17. No late entries will be accepted after registration closes.

    Mammoth is an Ikon pass resort. Racer price lift tickets must be purchased online in advance by Mon 1/17 (see event announcement for link). Event lodging package offer is provided in the Mammoth race announcement (link below); cutoff date is Thu Jan 12.

    [09-Jan-2022]

  • Alpine Viva Italia SL races

    The 2021-2022 Far West Masters race season finally got going with 2 SL races at Palisades Tahoe (Alpine Meadows) on Fri Jan. 7. It was famine and feast through December, starting with ridiculously warm and dry weather that radically flipped to two weeks of strong storms, high winds, road closures, and major dumps through the holiday period. With the weather finally calming down, all the ski areas in the Sierra dug out and kicked into full operation with the new year.

    Despite a cloudy day with light snow, the Alpine race crew kept the program moving and pulled off 4 runs of SL on Kangaroo. The flat light made it challenging, but racers maintained good spirits - it was great to finally get back to racing!

    In addition to being our season kickoff, these races were scored for the Viva Italia cup, a combined award based on age handicapped total times. John Gianotti would have been proud of the spirit of our racers carrying on his tradition. The 2022 Viva Italia winners were Linda Crowell (W09) and Wenceslao Lada Munoz (M08).

    Complete race results and the Viva Italia rankings are posted on the web site on the Race Results page along with the first Season Standings rankings for 2022.

    And wait, there's more! Race photos!! Follow the link below to see Peter Day's race photos. Digital images are very reasonably priced and support Peter being out there taking our race photos on a day when conditions were challenging for the photographer as well as the racers. Thanks Peter!

    [09-Jan-20222]

  • 2022 Open Class

    Far West Masters races are conducted following the standard US masters age class rules. An additional option is used in Far West, allowing competitors may elect to be scored in the Open class drawn from all age classes rather than their age class for race awards and season scoring. So all competitors start within their age group in the start order but may choose to be scored for race awards based on the overall ranking of Open class participants rather than their age class.

    The season leader bibs are awarded based on the rankings of the Open class.

    Note: due to limited racing in the 2021 "covid" season, the 2021 season leader bibs are carried over for 2022 so that competitors have a chance to wear the season bibs they earned in 2020!

    To elect Open class, contact scoring director Deb Lewis at dlewis@farwestmasters.org. Open class participants will be noted on start lists and when possible on the finish board so that all competitors know who is competing within their age class and who is being scored in the overall Open class.

    IMPORTANT REMINDER: to participate in the Open class for any event, you MUST elect Open no later than the close of the start list the day prior to the race. Day-of-race Open class changes will not be accepted

    [2022-01-03]

  • January races are on!

    Happy New Year! After a slow start to winter in the Sierra, the weather did a full 360 on us (or maybe that was a full 720 reverse flip?!) and dumped for two weeks through the holidays. Ok, we're good - we got snow now!

    Our first races of the season will be Friday Jan. 7 at Alpine Meadows, with 2 SL races. Alpine is grooming the Kangaroo race hill to pack in all the new snow and prepare the race surface. Kangaroo is a good race hill to start the season - not too long or steep, fun racing for everyone.

    With no racing this season at Heavenly, our traditional stop for the Viva Italia trophy cup event, the Alpine SL's will be the Viva Italia event this season. The rankings are determined by the top man and women based on age-handicapped combined result from both races, so competitors of all ages have a shot at the trophy!

    Early registration deadline for Alpine entries on SkiRaceReg.com/fw is Sunday 1/2. Prices go up Monday, so get your entries in! Registration closes 8pm Wed 1/5.

    Signups are also open for the Jan. 20-23 DH/SG speed races at Mammoth. (We'll get info on lift ticket purchases for those who don't have an Ikon pass and Mammoth lodging packages as soon as we have details).

    [01-Jan-2022]

  • January race reminders

    What a difference a week can make in a Sierra ski season! We've gone from much-too-warm-and-sunny to full-on feet of snow dumping, and all our Sierra ski areas are open for a very white, very merry holiday!

    Just a reminder to sign up for our January races, with two SL races at Alpine Meadows on Friday 1/7 and 4 days of DH/SG speed racing at Mammoth on Thu-Sun 1/20-23. All races on our season schedule are available for signup on SkiRaceReg.com/fw.

    Both Alpine Meadows and Mammoth are part of the Ikon pass, but also offer racer-price lift tickets if you don't have an Ikon pass. (MUST be purchased online, in advance - see race announcements for details). For Alpine Meadows, liability release is REQUIRED for all competitors and must be filled out online in advance. Details on lodging offers at Mammoth for the speed event will be provided when available.

    All event participants must follow all Covid guidelines at our host ski areas. Currently, most areas generally require face masks in all indoor settings and on public transportation, but not outdoors or on lifts. As has been the case since the start of the pandemic, covid requirements may change in response to evolving conditions so please be sure to review the area policies whenever you visit a ski area this season.

    [19-Dec-2021]

  • 2022 Regional and National Events

    The 2022 race season feature the return of both Eastern and Western regional championships, along with the national championships and a full schedule for the 2022 National Speed Series (NSS). Information and event details are published on the US Masters "Events and Schedules" page on usskiandsnowboard.com. The Western region championships are a joint event with the FIS Masters Cup races at Beaver Creek CO on Feb. 4-6. The national championships are at Sun Valley ID on Mar. 21-25.

    Signups for the FIS Masters Cup/Western Region championships at Beaver Creek CO on Feb. 4-6 and the national championships at Sun Valley ID on Mar. 21-25 are open on SkiRaceReg.com.

    [19-Dec-2021]

  • Mammoth SL camp and races cancelled

    The SL training camp and races scheduled for Mammoth on Dec. 1-3 and the weekend of Dec. 4-5 are cancelled. There is not enough coverage to be able to set gates and protective fences. Despite an encouraging late October storm that dumped several feet and allowed Mammoth to open early, the weather since then has been warm and dry, limiting snowmaking operations that ordinarily would be in full swing by now.

    Mammoth *is* open for skiing out of Main Lodge, including the upper mountain, so you can still get out on snow and get in some early season skiing if you already have your trip planned! If you made reservations using the event lodging block, Mammoth will allow you to cancel without penalty - call immediately and be sure to mention the event name "USSA/FIS Early Season Races 2021", Group ID: 32302 to request cancellation.

    We will explore the possibility of rescheduling the SL races for another date. In the meantime, everyone enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday and do your snow dances for some weather changes in December!

    [23-Nov-2021]

  • January race signups open on SkiRaceReg

    Signups for our January SL races at Palisades Tahoe (Alpine Meadows) and the Mammoth DH/SG speed races are now open on SkiRaceReg.com/fw, along with the December Mammoth SL camp and races. (Signups for our Feb-Mar-Apr races will be added soon)

    SkiRaceReg tip: how to find ALL the upcoming race signups!
    Many of you are confused when you only see the next few races listed in the sidebar when you log into your SkiRaceReg account to sign up for races. You may not realize that the races section in the sidebar only has room to show up to 5 races, even when there are more listed on the complete calendar. For example, the December Mammoth SL camp and races has 4 signups for the training camp and two more for the weekend races, so there isn't room in the sidebar for the sixth signup for Mammoth SL #2. If the race signup you're looking for "isnt' there", don't give up quite yet! Check the complete calendar listing of races by clicking on the "Upcoming Races" item in the sidebar or the "Races" item in the page header options.

    [19-Nov-2022]

  • Officials Training

    Just a quick reminder that the Far West division officials training clinics are this weekend. Details and signup links are on the fwskiing.org web site. Race officials are an important part of putting on quality ski races that meet the standards of US Ski & Snowboard alpine competitions.

    Volunteer members of Far West Masters serve as Technical Delegate (TD) and Referee at our events and we are always working to maintain an adequate pool of certified officials. Mark Mirviss wrote an article in the October Forereunner newsletter explaining more about the process of becoming certified and what you get out of that experience. Get in touch with Mark if you're interested and want to learn more, or head over to the fwskiing.org and sign up for an officials education clinic!

    [01-Nov-2021]

  • December Mammoth SL camp and races

    Get ready for 2021-2022 racing! Mammoth and Palisades Tahoe have opened early thanks to a surprise late October storm and the ski season is underway!!

    Our Far West Masters race season kicks off in early December with a 3-day SL camp and 2 days of SL racing at Mammoth Mountain CA. Signups will be online at SkiRaceReg.com/fw.

    Training camp signups are due by Sunday, November 28, 2021 at noon. Register for all 3 days or separately for specific days.

    Race entries close 8pm Wednesday 12/1. The early registration deadline is Sunday 11/28, with $5 late fee after that.

    See the race announcement and camp info for details on lodging package offer. Mammoth is an Ikon pass resort. If you need lift tickets, racer lift tickets must be purchased online in advance by Nov. 29.

    [30-Oct-2021]

  • Fall Forerunner newsletter

    The fall issue of the Forerunner newsletter is out! The President's Update message from Ray Tulloch describes the latest news we have on plans for the upcoming ski season. This issue also includes other information about membership and the season schedule plans. Sadly, there is also news on the unexpected passing for former Far West Masters president Mark Antis.

    We're looking forward to a much more "normal" race season for 2021-2022. While COVID guidelines will still be a factor for travel and racing, in general ski areas have more limited masking requirements (indoors, dining) and fewer reservation requirements than last season.

    Note: the primary distribution method of the Forerunner newsletter will be electronic publishing through our news email list and here on the web site. All current members of Far West Masters should receive the newsletter. If you have any questions or have been subscribing to receive a print copy, contact us at forerunner@farwestmasters.org for assistance.

    [15-Oct-2021]

  • 2022 Membership

    Far West Masters membership for 2021-2022 is now open for new and renewing members on SkiRaceReg.com/fw. Activate your account for the season and pay your Far West Masters dues online. Race registration will open in November.

    Don't forget to renew your US Ski & Snowboard Alpine Master membership before the early registration deadline of Oct. 15, 2021. The "Getting Started" page from US Alpine Masters has a helpful overview of everything you need to know for your US Ski & Snowboard membership:

    [08-Oct-2022]

  • Season Schedule and Membership

    Get ready for the 2021-2022 Far West Masters race season!! The 2022 season schedule is posted here on farwestmasters.org on the Season Schedule page. Far West Masters membership will open in October here on skiracereg.com/fw and race signups will open in November.

    2022 Membership Reminders

    • US Ski & Snowboard membership renewal deadline is October 15.
      Late fee of $25 charged on renewals after that date. (late fee does not apply to new members)
    • Most masters should select the "Alpine Master" membership type. Only select the "Alpine Master w/ requirements" membership type if you are required to have SafeSport training and background checks due to your engagement with junior athletes through a US Ski & Snowboard club role.
    • Most masters should select "No Club Affiliation" for the US Ski & Snowboard club affiliation. Do NOT select the club at the area where you ski and train unless you are actually a member - the clubs are generally associated only with junior alpine competitor programs.
    • Your Far West Masters membership is IN ADDITION to your US Ski & Snowboard Alpine Master membership. Your FWM membership dues supports organizing our division race calendar and provides you with a permanent race bib for all our Far West masters races.
    • Far West masters membership is not required for first-time racers or competitors from other divisions. We will provide a temporary bib for your use.

    2022 Rules Reminders

    • New in 2022: FIS-certified race helmet is REQUIRED for GS/SG/DH events.
    • Fluoro race waxex are NOT ALLOWED in any US events (ban instituted in 2021)

    [29-Sep-2021]

  • Preliminary 2022 Schedule

    The preliminary 2021-22 race schedule is now available! Scheduling Director Mike Braun has tried to put together a calendar with a good mix of events at proven venues. We think this is a pretty solid schedule, with racers and organizers all looking forward to a "return to normal" race season.

    The Western Region championship/FIS Masters Cup races will be held at Beaver Creek CO on Feb. 4-6. The national championships are planned for Sun Valley ID on Mar. 21-26. (The DH national championship is not yet determined)

    US Masters Membership tips

    A few reminders and tips for those of you getting an early start on your US Masters membership for the 2022 season:

    • check your membership(s) - most should have the standard Alpine Master membership
      • the Alpine Master w/ requirements membership is only needed in special cases - it is more expensive and requires SafeSport training with background screening
      • all masters with an Official or Coach license already have SafeSport/background
      • SafeSport/background requirements are needed for adults working directly with junior athletes
    • most of us are NOT members of a USSS club and should not select that option just because we see the name of the area where we ski/train. (exception: Diamond Peak's masters program IS part of their USSS club)
    • If you plan to compete in FIS Masters or have FIS masters points that you want to preserve, be sure to add FIS Masters license to your US masters membership

    US Masters membership links:

    [07-Aug-2021]

  • Scholarship Program and Auction

    The Far West Masters Scholarship program is now entering its 31st year of raising funds to benefit Far West Junior ski racers. This has been a very successful program - our Far West athletes are tremendously appreciative, we hear back from many of them how helpful the extra support is to them, and we are grateful for everyone who has donated and supported the program. To learn more or make donation, visit the Scholarship Program page.

    With all the disruptions last season due to covid and travel restrictions, we were unable hold our usual awards parties and fund raising events. But fear not, we holding an online auction this summer to support the program. Many items have been donated by Far West alumni that are on the US Ski Team. These items include new race suits, jackets, rain ponchos, under layer tops and bottoms, ski bags, and several pair of Super G Skis. Auction item listings and bidding instructions are posted of the FW Skiing web site:

    Applications are now being accepted from Far West athletes for the 2022 season. We encourage all Far West Skiing Alpine athletes 13-20 years old to apply! Scholarships are awarded based on a combination of (and in order of importance) exemplary work ethic, academic scholarship, citizenship, financial need, and race results. Applications are due September 15th 2021.

    [24-Jun-2021]


Recent Events

  • June Forerunner newsletter

    The spring issue of the Forerunner newsletter is out! It was a season of limited racing opportunities, with only our final event at Mammoth held after months of changing guidelines and health restrictions, but the "silver lining" is that many were still able to ski and train with their local programs. We hope everyone has a good (and healthy!) summer and we all look forward to returning to skiing and racing next winter.

    [21-Jun-2021]


Previous Season News

  • June Forerunner newsletter

    The spring issue of the Forerunner newsletter is out! It was a season of limited racing opportunities, with only our final event at Mammoth held after months of changing guidelines and health restrictions, but the "silver lining" is that many were still able to ski and train with their local programs. We hope everyone has a good (and healthy!) summer and we all look forward to returning to skiing and racing next winter.

    [21-Jun-2021]

  • Mammoth schedule update

    **SCHEDULE UPDATE** There will be a controlled SG freeski session on Terries (bottom of SG course) on Tuesday 3/30 12:30-2pm. No gates but closed and controlled to allow SG speed warmup to get familiar with the race hill.

    [22-Mar-2021]

  • Mammoth Race Reminders

    Registration for our Mammoth races next week is open through the end of this week. You must be registered by the close of online registration this coming Friday Mar. 26 in order to race. Due to covid procedures that we must follow this season, we have to close race entries earlier than we have done in the past and are not able to be flexible about late changes.

    Signup reminder for SkiRaceReg: some of you may have missed the Saturday SL signup because it isn't included on the home page. Click on the red "Upcoming Races" item in the left sidebar (just above the SG and GS race items) or on "Races" at the top of the window to display the full list of upcoming races - scroll down and the SL signup will show up following the Fri GS entry.

    Important: Note the MMSA deadlines for purchasing racer lift ticket if you do not have an Ikon pass (online only by Friday Mar. 26) and for booking lodging through the event lodging package (Tuesday Mar. 23).

    Rules reminder: fluorocarbon wax is no longer allowed this season!

    Shopping tip for spring race gear sales: starting next season, masters will be required to have a FIS certified race helmet for GS, SG, and DH. If you've purchased a new race helmet in the last few years it likely does have the FIS cert sticker but check your gear. And if you haven't replaced your helment recently - hey, it's probably time for an upgrade anyway!

    We'll get more information out this week about covid procedures that we must follow in order to hold our races. There will be a pre-event covid questionnaire that must be submitted and a daily race day virtual covid symptom checkin - these will be simple forms that you can fill out on a computer or phone and will be sent out by email to all competitors. Race day information and updates will also be virtual, since we will not have any gathering points or posting board at the finish. Most of us will need to plan to have our phone with us on race days in order to get race information. If you don't have a phone, you will need to arrange with a buddy to get information! Contact us at raceadmin@farwestmasters.org if you have concerns or need assistance.

    [21-Mar-2021]

  • Registration Open for Mammoth Races

    Registration is now open on SkiRaceReg.com/fw for the spring Mammoth races. We have 4 days of racing - two SG races on Wed and Thu 3/31-4/1, with the first race each day counted for the 2021 Masters National Speed Series, followed by GS on Friday 4/2 and SL on Saturday 4/3.

    Important deadlines: Online registration on SkiRaceReg.com/fw closes Friday Mar. 26. Please note that we will NOT be able to accept late entries after the close of online registration. If you need to purchase lift tickets, you must do so online by Friday Mar. 26. Cutoff date for booking MMSA lodging through the event package is Tuesday Mar. 23.

    [08-Mar-2021]

  • Mammoth Spring Races

    Good news!! With the improving covid situation, it looks encouraging that Mammoth will soon be able to move to a less restrictive tier under the state guidelines. In addition, many of our older competitors are now getting access to vaccinations and availability is expanding to younger age groups. Scheduling director Mike Braun has been in constant communication with Mammoth on the prospects for being able to hold a race event and the consensus at this point is that we can proceed with planning for the races.

    So.. the Mammoth season finals event is on, and will also be our season kickoff! We are adding an additional day of racing to the original schedule to add two SG makeup races along with a a SG training day. The tentative schedule:

    • Wed 3/31 - 2xSG (1st SG counted for National Speed Series)
    • Thu 4/1 - 2xSG (1st SG counted for National Speed Series)
    • Fri 4/2 - GS
    • Sat 4/3 - SL

    We'll get more information out as soon as we can settle some additional details (entry deadlines, training day cost, etc). Registration will be opened on SkiRaceReg.com this weekend. We will not have our usual season banquet, as large gatherings are not yet permitted, but we can still get out and have a great time racing!

    [04-Mar-2021]

  • 2021 Open Class and Season Bibs

    The Far West Masters board has discussed how to handle season bibs since we've lost most of the race season to covid and travel restrictions. In addition, we don't want to create incentives that encourage people to travel if they aren't comfortable doing so this season.

    The board agreed unanimously that the current season 2021 season bib awards will carry over to the 2021-2022 season. If you won a season bib, wear it if you get a chance to race this season and hang onto it to wear next season!

    We will still have Open class for those who wish to elect to be scored in Open class for their race results, but there will be no season bib awards based on 2021 races.

    [04-Mar-2021]

  • February Forerunner

    The February issue of the Forerunner newsletter is out! The President's Update message from Ray Tulloch provides an update on our 20-21 race season, which regrettably has so far not featured any actual races in Far West division due to continuing difficulties and restrictions for covid. However, some of our Far West athletes competed in the FIS Masters Cup/Western Region championships at Big Sky MT in early February and came away with some excellent results.

    On a positive note, Squaw Masters coach Mark Mirviss points out a "silver lining" that we have an opportunity this season to focus on skills and technique that will pay off in our future racing activity. Some great reports as well from some of the Far West junior athletes in our Scholarship Program.

    Stay tuned for more news, we still have plenty of time left in the season. With covid rates finally declining and vaccination availability spreading, we remain optimistic that we may be able to hold our planned races at Mammoth in early April

    [25-Feb-2021]

  • Race Schedule Update

    Winter has finally arrived in the Sierra with several much-needed storms bringing good snowfall in late January and early February. Unfortunately, covid restrictions on travel and group events remain in place in many locations and continues to impact our hopes of being able to resume racing soon.

    The Far West Masters board met on Monday night to discuss the outlook for the scheduled Mar. 6-7 Bernard Cup races at Squaw Valley. Unfortunately, we will not be able to move ahead with this event. Locally-attended races have been able to resume at many areas, but while Squaw is supportive and wants to put on masters races we are constrained by the California covid guidelines recommending that travel be limited to within 120 miles of your home.

    With our athletes spread out over hundreds of miles across California and Nevada, there is no practical way for our organization to manage participation that satisfies the travel limitation. In addition, our older demographic is a concern with vaccinations still in early stages of being available to most of us.

    We are continuing with planning for an early April event at Mammoth, possibly expanded from the original 3-day program to add makeup races that were postponed earlier this season. With covid cases generally dropping and encouraging outlook in many areas to begin moving to less restrictive rules, we remain optimistic that we will be able to hold some spring races.

    ps for those willing and able to travel this spring, consider the PNSA finals at Mt Bachelor on Apr. 15-18. This event features two SG races for the Speed Series finale along with GS and SL. Kick off your racing at Mammoth and head north into Oregon for a spring wrapup!

    [16-Feb-2021]

  • Mt Rose races cancelled

    Sorry to bear bad news, just when we thought we could finally start racing another covid complication has arisen. Unfortunately the McKinney cup races at Mt Rose will be cancelled.

    As a result of the uncertainty around the new COVID requirements and guidances being implemented by the State of Nevada's Business and Industries (OSHA) and the withdrawal of previous approval by OSHA for our races, it has now become impossible to move ahead with the event.

    [05-Feb-2021]

  • Mt Rose McKinney Cup info

    It's happy February - winter has finally arrived in the Sierra and we have confirmation that the Mt Rose GS races on Feb. 20-21 are on!!

    There will be important changes this season to our "usual" procedures in order to comply with covid guidelines. Registration is online-only, with earlier deadlines and NO late entries after the close of registration. All competitors MUST submit a pre-event covid question and MUST submit a daily covid symptom check electronically on each race day. All race day information, updates, and results will be distributed electronically. There will be no posting board at the finish; no parties; everything will be done virtually. (well, except for the actual racing part - that's still real-world!)

    We'll be getting more details out to everyone as we prepare for the event. Additional details coming soon in race announcement from Mt Rose on lift tickets and specific area requirements.

    Registration reminders: The early registration deadline before prices go up is Sunday Feb 14. Online registration on SkiRaceReg.com/fw closes 8pm Tuesday 2/16. Please note that we will NOT be able to accept late entries after the close of online registration.

    [01-Feb-2021]

  • Mammoth SG's postponed

    The Mammoth SG races scheduled on Jan. 22-24 will unfortunately have to be postponed. The California regional Stay-at-Home order for the Southern California region, which includes Mono County and Mammoth Lakes, has been extended again and is highly likely to remain in effect for at least several more weeks.

    There are no short-term lodging rentals permitted under the regional order and all non-essential and recreational travel is discouraged. From the state guidelines on travel: "Californians should remain local (not traveling more than 120 miles from their home or other place of residence) and avoid non-essential travel. Travelers from other states or countries entering into California for tourism and recreation are strongly discouraged."

    Although we are unable to hold any events until the Covid situation in California improves, Mammoth is committed to putting on ski race events this season and will be working with Far West Masters as the season progresses to find potential dates when we can reschedule the races that were originally planned for December and January.

    [08-Jan-2021]

  • January Races

    Short update as we enter the new year on the outlook for our scheduled January SG races at Mammoth on Jan. 22-24: we have NOT cancelled this event!

    Mammoth would like to put on this event if possible. However, our ability to hold the races will probably depend on whether the Southern California region (which includes Mammoth Lakes and Mono and Inyo counties) remains under the state stay-at-home directives that were implemented at the end of December. The directive is being reviewed weekly but does not have a specific termination date, it will depend on covid case rates and hospital capacity.

    Far West Masters will continue working with Mammoth Race Department and monitoring state and local guidelines, we'll post more definite information as soon as we know anything!

    [05-Jan-2021]

  • A December Hiatus

    Squelching our preseason optimism for being able to start racing in December, the month has instead featured significant rises in coronovirus cases and hospitalization rates leading to new restrictions in many parts of our Far West region. The good news is that most Sierra ski resorts have opened and are operating successfully, as are masters training programs at Mammoth, Incline, Rose, and Squaw.

    Not so good news is that significant portions of California are again under stay-at-home orders. Currently both the Mammoth area and the California side of Lake Tahoe have closed all short-term lodging and non-essential travel is discouraged. Bottom line for many of us is that skiing is available if you live in Nevada or close enough to a California ski area to be able to day-trip, everyone else will have to stay home and be patient for a while longer.

    Our next scheduled event is three days of SG races at Mammoth Mountain on Jan. 22-24. There is currently no firm date for when California's stay-at-home orders will be lifted, so our plans will depend on what state and local guidelines will permit in the coming weeks. We will get additional information out as soon as we can determine whether it will be possible to hold race events in January.

    Registration is now open on SkiRaceReg for the FIS Masters Cup/Western Championships races at Big Sky MT on Feb. 5-7. Racing will be 2 SG races Friday, 2 1-run GS races Saturday, and SL on Sunday. Big Sky Masters will be offering training on Tue-Wed-Thu ahead of the weekend races.

    Please review the event information carefully so that you understand the COVID requirements. Ikon pass holders MUST make reservations at Big Sky and openings may be limited, so make sure you arrange your plans early. Total field size is capped at 100 competitors (including any international entries); US entries will be accepted in order by registration date.

    [21-Dec-2020]

  • Cancelling December races

    Following intensive discussions among the Far West Masters board, we have reluctantly decided to cancel the planned masters training camp and races at Mammoth the first week of December, and most likely the planned SL doubleheader day at Alpine on Dec. 19. There are too many uncertainties, too many pressing challenges for our host areas, and consistent direction from state and local authorities at this time discouraging non-essential travel.

    Given the number of factors to consider, we believe the responsible action is to cancel our planned events for December. Our ski areas have difficult challenges right now and all are working hard to establish the necessary processes to safely operate. We are acutely aware that navigating these early season issues is critical for the areas if they are to be able to continue to operate through the season and the additional complexities of running races in the current environment could stretch key resources to the limit.

    We want to emphasize that Mammoth Race Department and MMSA have been very positive and supportive of our event planning and we fully expect a good season of skiing and racing to ahead of us. Mammoth opened on schedule (a day early even!) and is aggressively working towards opening as much terrain as possible as quickly as possible.

    While the 2020-2021 ski season has started, it is definitely different. Mammoth opened on Friday Nov. 13 with good early season conditions on a mix of natural and man-made snow. Mt Rose has also just opened and other Tahoe areas have or will open this week for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Reports from our folks who have gotten out on the hill have consistently described unexpectedly large crowds and lift lines at a time that is ordinarily a slow period at the ski areas.

    It is still too soon to tell if the larger crowds will continue or fall back to more "normal" patterns, but unquestionably there will be unusual stresses on ski areas and mountain communities over the next few weeks. Covid infection rates and hospitalizations are rising significantly, threatening the capacity of both local and regional medical facilities, and government health guidelines in both California and Nevada are moving back to stricter restrictions.

    So let's take December as an opportunity to ski at our local areas, do some training, work on skill development, and look forward to a more stable situation (and more snow!) in January when hopefully we'll be able to resume racing.

    [23-Nov-2020]

  • Mammoth December Camp and Races

    Winter is coming and we WILL have masters racing in the Far West! woo hoo!!!

    Mammoth will be holding a 4-day masters training camp on Tue-Fri Dec. 1-4 and hosting our season opening races on the weekend, with SL on Sat 12/5 and GS on Sunday 12/6. Far West Masters organizers are working closely with Mammoth Race Department to settle myriad details of running a US Ski & Snowboard masters event following all Mammoth Mountain and USS&S COVID guidelines. Things will be different this season, for sure, but we'll be skiing and racing!!

    Mammoth Masters Camp

    Mammoth masters training camp Tue-Fri Dec. 1-4. Tentative schedule: two days GS, two days SL. See camp announcement for details along with lodging package information:

    Mammoth SL/GS races

    Sat SL, Sun GS

    **No late entries. Entries close Tue 12/1 8pm**
    **No day-of-race lift ticket purchases.**

    We all need to be organized and flexible in order to have a safe event!! A pre-event COVID questionairre will be REQUIRED from all competitors 24-48 hours prior to the event. Daily Covid symptoms checkin will be REQUIRED from all competitors. No physical checkin desk; no posting board at the finish; no awards or post-race party. We expect race checkin and event/schedule information updates will all be done online/mobile. Details to come!!

    Additional Information

    Signups for training days and races will all be on our Far West series on SkiRaceReg.com/fw.

    Lift tickets NOT included in camp or race signups. Mammoth is an Ikon pass resort; daily lift tickets MUST be purchased in advance. Lift ticket purchase details will be provided when available. If you do not have an Ikon pass, please register for "Mammoth Lift Tickets" along with your camp and race signup so we have an estimate of who needs ticket purchase.

    Please be prepared to follow all Covid 19 restrictions and policies at Mammoth Mountain!!!

    [02-Nov-2020]

  • Membership Reminders

    The extended renewal deadline for US Ski & Snowboard membership is coming up this weekend, Nov. 1.  Please note that USS&S has a strict no-refund policy, so make your choices carefully.

    The Alpine Master membership is $135 for the 2020-2021 race season. Alternatively, a Short-Term Alpine Master membership can be purchased for $35/day, but only for one event of consecutive days. (A short-term purchase will be credited towards a full membership if you later upgrade.)

    Tips:

    • for most of us, do NOT select a club - choose "No Club Affiliation" in your member information. Only select a Club if you are actually a member of a USS&S club (typically the junior race team). For most masters in Far West , our masters training programs (Mammoth, Squaw, Mt Rose) are separate from the USS&S race team at our home area. Choosing a club may require you to join "with requirements", with extra costs and training required.
    • do NOT purchase the Alpine Master with Requirements membership unless you really need to!! e.g. you work directly with junior athletes as part of a USS&S club. Cost is $150 and requires background screening, online SafeSport training, and an online Avalanche course. Contact us at membership@farwestmasters.org if you need help deciding whether you need this.
    • if you have a Coach or Officials license, SafeSport and background screening is already included in those memberships so be sure to select Alpine Master membership - you do NOT need the more expensive Master with Requirements membership level.

    The "Getting Started" page from US Alpine Masters has a helpful overview of everything you need to know for your US Ski & Snowboard membership:

    For 2021, Far West Masters membership dues are waived for all new and renewing members!
    Just log in or create your account on SkiRaceReg.com/fw to activate your account for the 2021 season and sign the Far West Masters release form.

    [27-Oct-2020]

  • September Forerunner

    The September issue of the Forerunner newsletter is out! The President's Update message from Ray Tulloch describes the latest news we have on plans for the upcoming ski season. Still lots of questions but US Ski & Snowboard is publishing COVID guidelines for running ski race events and our Far West ski resorts are beginning to announce more detailed information about their operation plans for the coming winter.

    We are encouraged by the recent news that both Mt Rose and Squaw will continue to have their masters training programs this season. The Diamond Peak masters is also confirmed and indications are that we will have details on the Mammoth masters program soon.

    As announced in August, Far West Masters membership dues are waived for all new and renewing members in 2020-2021!!. Membership renewal will be available online on at SkiRaceReg.com/fw. When you activate your account for the 2021 season, you'll just need to e-sign the Far West Masters release form. US Ski & Snowboard has extended the renewal date for US masters memberships to Nov. 1, 2020, so you have additional time before making a decision on purchasing your masters license. USS&S will NOT provide refunds, so we recommend that you be patient and hold off on renewing your US masters license until we have more definite guidance on the coming race season.

    [26-Feb-2020]

  • 2021 Membership and Schedule

    As announced in the August Forerunner newsletter, Far West Masters membership dues are waived for all new and renewing members in 2020-2021!! Given the uncertainty about the coming season, the Far West Masters board unanimously voted to waive our usual membership dues to support everyone remaining engaged and participating at whatever level you find appropriate for your personal situation over the coming months. In addition, the renewal deadline for US Ski & Snowboard membership has been extended to Nov. 1 2020, so you have additional time before deciding whether to commit to purchasing your season membership. Please note that USS&S has a strict no-refund policy, so if you are uncertain about your plans it would be wise to wait until the deadline to renew your membership.

    As we approach the start of the 2020-2021 season, the outlook for ski area operations and race conditions is still very much an evolving situation. Most ski areas have published information in September about how they expect to operate this coming season for passes, tickets, access, etc; in some cases reservations will be required, lift tickets generally must be purchased in advance. US Ski & Snowboard has published detailed COVID guidelines for organizing alpine events and there is a significant amount of detail and complexity that race organizers must address. Far West Masters is working with USS&S, our Far West ski areas, and masters groups around the country as we all try to work out how we will be able to ski and race this season.

    So... we don't have all the answers yet but we are optimistic that we will be able to train and race this season, so stay tuned for updates and above all expect to be flexible to adjust to changing conditions throughout the season!

    [18-Sep-2020]

  • Preliminary 2021 Schedule and August Forerunner

    We have a preliminary 2020-21 race schedule put together under exceptionally challenging conditions this year by Scheduling Director Mike Braun. There are still many questions that we all have about the coming winter and racing, but we are planning and hoping that we will be able to hold competitions by following appropriate covid-19 guidelines.

    We've put out a special August issue of the Forerunner newsletter with the President's Update from Ray Tulloch and your Far West Masters board to share as much information as we have at this point to help everyone plan for the coming season. By unanimous decision of the board, the usual Far West Masters membership dues fee will be waived this season. With so much uncertainty, our priority is to keep everyone engaged and involved as much as possible through what will likely be a challenging and certainly different ski season.

    We encourage everyone to be patient about renewing your US Ski & Snowboard masters membership until more information is available in September, as USS&S has been very clear to remind everyone that they will NOT provide refunds. The deadline to renew before late fees are incurred is ordinarily mid-October, so there's plenty of time yet before any decisions need to be made. If you also hold a coach or official license or need a "Masters with Requirements" membership as a member of a USS&S club working with junior athletes, be aware that the bi-annual background screen checks may take longer this year, so plan ahead to allow time for completing SafeSport training and screening.

    [28-Aug-2020]